Terça-feira, 18 de Setembro de 2012

the conspiracy against Europe

Some Europeans must be wondering by now how was it possible that a financial crisis born within the deepest core of the capitalist principles in the U.S. suddenly became such a problem for Europeans. Not a problem to all of us, however, we should reckon that. The reasons are few and simple, regretfully to any conspiracy theory enthusiast, and can be summarized into three main issues: 1) the U.S. desperately needed to divert attention from the subprime mess and to guarantee the Dollar’s high value against its rival, the Euro, and thus obscure institutions run by obscurer individuals called the rating agencies quickly set the attack; 2) in a Europe almost entirely dominated by the right–wing, attacking the very essence of the social state by stating that it is just too expensive to keep was the ultimate, and long–wanted, leverage to revert the life of Europeans back to the Victorian age and 3) there are many of those in Europe that long realised that moving manufacturers and suppliers eastwards is not at all good business as once suspected – the best would be to have cheap labour within Schengen’s, therefore devoid of excessive tolls, taxes, long routes and products of uncontrolled quality. The Chinese are beginning to be a little tired of working themselves to the ground for a few bowls of rice, anyway, and their over–protective economy is not the ultimate capitalist El Dorado.


The obvious solution, as seen by Europe’s mediocre politicians, puppeteered by international banks and other corporations to whom human life is nothing else than collateral damage, was an old solution: the PIGS. In the past, Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain, all in famine, three of them in the hand of dictatorships supplied millions of cheap, semi–enslaved workers to the “developed” world, especially central and northern Europe. Imagine now what it would be for industrial corporations if they could settle in low–tax countries with cheap, compliant workers as a result of high unemployment, in a continent with tax–free borders. Forget about China. Or India. Or whoever. Portugal is the place for high–quality and low–cost fabrics. The Irish were once the cheap mill labourers of the British Isles.


Simple solutions generally imply simple requirements. Say their debts are too high and that you will not lend them any more money if they do not comply with your demands. Make wage reduction a demand and facilitate lay–offs and say that turns economy more competitive. Say they need to impoverish, an expression all too common nowadays, as if this would solve anyone’s problems. If you add old–fashioned, foolish nationalisms into it, you shall get all the favourable public opinion you need. Furthermore, right–wing politicians in these countries are only too keen to comply with all of this, if not for ideology, for personal benefit of just plain stupidity. For a few Masters–of–Europe this is a win–win situation to which is added the amazing profits of loansharking to indebted countries – the business of the hour for European and world–wide financial groups. Just look around: you will find a present, former of potential Goldman–Sachs employee at every political corner in the continent.


This means one thing, of course. One–fourth of the Europeans just lost their right to be Europeans. Yes, it’s true. More than one hundred millions PIGS lost their right to citizenship. Their right to fight for a better life and even to hope. And for what. To make a few Anglo–Saxon yuppies very very rich and very very happy. In any mid– or long–term perspective, the Germans the British the French and Scandinavians and many others (including in the U.S.) will lose more than one–hundred million consumers. Or one–hundred million European tax payers. Or potential scientists, engineers, artists, doctors, architects, politicians, why not, and other valuable assets to any nation. Not to mention the lost jobs from one region to another. Note that I do not write about human ethics. Or moral. Or humanity. There is no point in that, capitalism never had none of those and never will. Money and power speak only to money and power and understands nothing else. My appeal is not made to policy–makers, technocrats and to the fat of the land. I make it to Europeans. Yes, you and I. I am writing from Lisbon. In my quarter live people from all over Europe. We share these streets, our wealth, our well–being, our daily–bread. My call is to all of you. Let us think if we want to live inside guarded borders again. And inside regional hatred and envy. And imperialism. And divided by walls, especially those made from the bricks of prejudice. Think where that led us in the past.



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